Simple syrup is an ingredient used in many cocktails like Mint Juleps, Daiquiris, Hurricanes, Mojitos and more! This tutorial is so easy and will show you How to Make Simple Syrup for cocktail recipes, coffee drinks and even homemade sodas!
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Here in Kentucky, we are gearing up for the Kentucky Derby in May, which means we will be making the official drink of the Derby, the Mint Julep! Mint Juleps are simple to make with bourbon, simple syrup and mint leaves, so I thought it would be a good idea to share how I make simple syrup to keep on hand for homemade cocktails. I’ve also used this simple syrup to sweeten coffee drinks and make my own lattes. It’s so “simple” to make with two ingredients and can be flavored as well!
Homemade Simple Syrup
What you will need:
1 cup of water
2 cups of sugar
Here is quick step-by-step video that I put together showing How to Make Homemade Simple Syrup and a Mint Julep…
Now onto the photos and steps…
Step 1: Pour two cups of sugar into a pot.
Step 2: Add one cup of water.
Step 4: Bring to a boil.
Step 5: Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 -15 minutes.
Step 6: Allow the syrup to cool and pour into an airtight container or jar. I prefer using Ball jars for storing mine.
This Homemade Simple Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. To prolong the shelf life of your Homemade Simple Syrup, add 1 tablespoon of vodka and stir well.
This homemade simple syrup makes a great gift for cocktail lovers…just imagine tucking a beautiful jar into a basket along with fresh ingredients like mint and some bourbon to make a festive Kentucky Derby Gift Basket! Or get creative and put together a cocktail lover’s basket with this simple syrup, a cocktail shaker, a muddler, a jigger and some cute cocktail glasses! This is a gift even the men in your life would enjoy!
Looking for a delicious Mint Julep Recipe? I’ve got you covered! Just add 4-5 mint sprigs and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup to a cocktail glass. Use a muddler or spoon to mash the mint leaves into the simple syrup. Next, add 2 1/2 ounces of good Kentucky bourbon. Finally, fill the glass with crushed ice and stir well. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint!